Sol e Mar’s six-man “Percussion Avalanche” explodes with the rhythms of Latin America, West Africa, and the United States using a wide variety of instruments. Showcasing world class drummers, the lines between performers and audience are blurred through call and response rhythms and songs, thereby building a sense of community while transporting listeners to distant lands! Formed in 1985, Sol e Mar is led by renowned drummer, educator, and producer Mark Lamson who co-created a landmark recording, Bata Ketu, which received international acclaim, including being voted one of the top 50 drum records of all time by Drum Magazine. 

Thank so much for arranging the performance of Sol e Mar last night. What a wonderful evening. We had a full house at our library to enjoy and learn more about percussion music. These talented men are so easy to work with and seem to adjust on the spot to the interest of the audience. It was wonderful listening to artists who really connect to each other. Their rhythms flow like water between them.  The audience really enjoy being there and getting little vacations to the sounds of other countries.

 -Martha White

Programs Director

Point Loma Library


Mark has expertise in a broad range of musical styles, and his mastery and passion lie in the fusion of popular and traditional music of Brazil and Cuba with modern American & Latin American styles. He has performed with Sergio Mendes, Harry Belafonte, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and opened for the Neville Brothers. He is on the faculty and conducts clinics at several college campuses. Sol e Mar is on the Young Audiences of San Diego roster and has engaged thousands of school children over the years in addition to their loyal following of adult audiences.

Demo - Sol e Mar